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Old February 19, 2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Bersa Thunder .380

I have an opportunity to buy a Bersa Thunder .380 in like new condition for
$ 200.00. I have fired it a number of times with no problems. Is it worth the money?
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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That seems like a really, really good price but I haven't researched that gun specifically so I don't know what it normally goes for.
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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I personally would not buy it, but if you like it go ahead.

Why do you ask the question? I mean $200 is almost a nothing buy. You might even be able to re-sell it and make a money from some Bersa folks at that price.
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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You have to decide if the price is right for you but I can say that my wife has one that was given to her by her father (retired LEO). I was a bit suspicious about the gun but must say it has been extremely surprising so far. Supremely accurate and completely reliable. Also very comfortable to shoot. I'm a fan.
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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Buying used you don't get the warranty, but I think its a great buy, a lot of Bersa .380's in my area are selling in the $350 range.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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The Bersa Thunder is a well made, economy priced handgun. I was curious because of all the positive comments you hear about them, so I bought a Bersa Thunder 22. I like it so well, I bought the .380. They are both very well made, very accurate, and a great value. I think hey could charge $400 new, and still sell well. $200 is a good deal. Buy it.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:20 PM   #7
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I saw them at the gun shows for $280 in the past new, sometimes high as $330. If it is a carry gun I would not buy it, but for a fun gun then yes. I never buy used for carry guns anymore, no telling what abuse someone did to it or dry firing.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:27 PM   #8
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I would buy it in a heartbeat. That is a great deal on a Bersa. They are great guns, I own 3. My wife has carried a 380 Thunder for over 4 years now. In my opinion they are the most underrated gun on the market. A lot of gun for a little money.

Also to the poster above, dry firing a centerfire pistol doesn't mean it was abused. I have dry fired my handguns (not rimfire) 1000's of times and never had any issues. It is the best way to learn to shoot.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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I bought one used a couple of years ago - paid $180 for it. I traded it in on another pistol and was allowed $180 on it towards the trade in. If it's in good shape,you've fired it and it functions well - I don't think the price is that awful. From what I'm hearing, with all of the guns going off the shelves in this "panic" - Bersas are hard to come by in some locations and are bringing top prices.

BTW - I loved my Bersa - ate anything I fed it. I now wish that I hadn't traded it in as it was a nice pistol. I'd have no problems in buying another one.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:59 PM   #10
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Snap that deal up

No brainer. If you don't jump on that you will be kicking yourself. Like:

when I passed on the Python in 1984, it was only a bit more than the Colt Agent I bought
when I didn't buy the two P226 police turn ins for $800 total
when I didn't buy the original Springer XD as the HS2000 for $300
when I didn't buy lotsa CZ's when they were $300 guns
when I didn't buy an AK when they were less than $400

Gonna go cry now

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Old February 19, 2013, 11:58 PM   #11
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Thank you all for your responses. Since I was with the original buyer when he bought it, and I know for a fact that he keeps all his hardware in excellent shape, a deal will be made.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:54 AM   #12
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If I saw a good condition BT380 for that price, I would be all over it. My BT380 and BT22 would enjoy the company!
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:49 AM   #13
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have an opportunity to buy a Bersa Thunder .380 in like new condition for
$ 200.00. I have fired it a number of times with no problems. Is it worth the money?
$200? Yeah, buy it.

"like new" implies used, which means you aren't the first owner. Bersa's warranty is to the first owner only.
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:55 AM   #14
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$200 sounds like a good price for a Thunder. Even though you may not get a warranty, I haven't heard of many issues with them. Good luck..
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Old February 20, 2013, 09:53 AM   #15
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Slight derail but any one know when the combat versions are out
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:38 PM   #16
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Seeing how the wife just paid $320 for her NIB Thunder 380, I'd say $200 for a like new Thunder is a good deal.
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:39 PM   #17
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Slight derail but any one know when the "combat" versions are out
I think it is, now.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:02 PM   #18
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If it's in good shape it sounds like a great deal! My wife and I both lover the .380 Thunder that we have. It has cycled everything I have fed it without a hiccup.
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Old February 21, 2013, 12:20 AM   #19
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Thanks for your support. Bought it and love it. Cycles everything I put in it.
Truly is a poor mans Porsche.
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Old February 21, 2013, 12:35 AM   #20
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I just spent $700 bucks on a new gun last Friday and I am not looking to buy any guns for the rest of the year. If I were able to get a Bersa for $200 I'd be at my house right now without giving it a second thought.

Even if you didn't want the gun at $200 bucks you could at the very least turn a profit reselling it down he road.
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Old February 21, 2013, 01:52 AM   #21
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I paid that in 2003 for a new one. Grab it , As for warrenty I have never known the 2 main warrenty centers to ask proof you the orginal owner . Almost no one ever sends in the warrenty card .

Come visit us at http://bersachat.com and become a member of the bersa family . Hats, shirts ,mags , holsters we can direct you to all . Even have a give away every month or so.
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Old February 21, 2013, 08:50 AM   #22
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For $200? That's a no-brainer. BUY IT! It's a poor man's Walther PPK.
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Old February 21, 2013, 05:08 PM   #23
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The OP stated above that he did indeed buy it.

Congrats on the Thunder, TPAW!! I'm sure you will continue to like it.
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Old February 21, 2013, 05:38 PM   #24
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Heres a tip... Find the magazines for the Bersa Thunder 380 DELUXE. Its a 9 round magazine and works in the 7 shot 380 Thunder perfectly.
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Old February 21, 2013, 08:31 PM   #25
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Thank you all for your support. Can't wait to get it to the range. Any recommendations for self defense ammo? And also some ammo just for plunking.
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